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ĎThe whole dining experience is supposed to be relaxed thatís why the kitchen is open plan. We want people to enjoy the theatre of the kitchen.í

Award-winning chef Mike Bassettís venture, Myoga, is a 100-seater restaurant located at the luxury Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Newlands, Cape Town. Myoga, meaning Ginger Blossom in Japanese, incorporates an innovative new-age vivacity with the tranquility of Myogaís spectacular position within the Vineyard Hotelís lush, 6-acre garden. The emphasis is on contemporary fusion, with a myriad taste options for both lunch and dinner. At Myoga diners can expect the same passion and exacting standards that Mike brings to all his endeavours, but in a more gentle setting.

A welcome addition to the dining scene in the Southern Suburbs, Myoga is five minutes from the Claremont CBD and a leisurely 15-minute drive from the city centre. Controlled access to the hotel grounds means that there is constant security and secure parking. The beauty of the gardens at the Vineyard, combined with the family-owned hotelís wonderful history (it was Lady Anne Barnardís country house in the late 1700s), creates a very special setting for Mikeís fun, new restaurant. Diners have the choice of a variety of dining options, with the main restaurant area, two terraces, a separate smoking lounge (in part of the original homestead), and private dining in the wine cellar beneath the restaurant. Non-smokers can relax with a pre-dinner cocktail in the lounge next to the bar or on the terrace, and the barman can whip up a variety of intriguing Myoga cocktails.